National Archives and Records Administration
Producer National Archives and Records AdministrationAudio/Visual sound, colorLanguage English
War Department. Army Air Forces. (06/20/1941 - 09/26/1947)
ARC Identifier 2835 / Local Identifier 18-C-111. Documents the world-wide activities of the Army Air Forces. Reel 1 shows various training activities and explains the formation of fighting units. Shows warehouse facilities and airplane repair activities of the Air Service Command. Gen. Arnold introduces the film. Includes scenes of planes burning after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Reel 2 locates headquarters of the U.S. and overseas commands and shows activities of the 5th and 14th Air Forces in the Pacific. A Japanese convoy is bombed and strafed in the Bismarck Sea. The Troop Carrier Command flies men and supplies over the Owen Stanley Range in New Guinea. Reel 3, the 8th Air Force battles German planes and bombs Germany. Captured German films show bomb damage, antiaircraft guns, and fighter pilots preparing to intercept U.S. planes. Reel 4, low-flying bombers of the 12th Air Force attack German positions in Africa. Planes of the 9th Air Force assist in the invasion of Sicily. "Flying Tigers" fight over China before and after joining the 14th Air Force. Shows how supplies for the 14th are carried by ships, barges, trains, trucks, and airplanes (of the 10th Air Force) to and through India and to China. Reel 5, Hong Kong is bombed. Presents statistics relating to U.S. aerial warfare for 1943 and estimates greater quantities for 1944.
DVD copied by Liz Pruszko.